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Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of Great Britain and Ireland, Together with the Adjacent Islands. by  Edmund Gibson William Camden - Hardcover - 1722 - from E C Books and

Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of Great Britain and Ireland, Together with the Adjacent Islands.

by William Camden, Edmund Gibson

Condition: Very Good/N

London : Mary Matthews, for Awnnsham Churchill , 1722 A very good copy of Camden's Britannia, revised by Edmund Gibson, and published in 2 volumes in contemporary full leather binding. Page edges pale yellow. With 51 maps (48 by Robert Morden and 3 by Andrew Johnstone), 9 plates of coins, 2 further full page plates and numerous illustrations in the text. The tree calf bindings have raised bands to spine and title and volume labels. There is some wear to edges and some scuffing to the boards - the back board of Vol I and the front board of Vol II. The contents are generally in very good clean condition with the very occasional mark. Vol I: frontispiece; title page in red and black inks; Dedication 4pp; Preface 2pp; Mr Camden's Preface 4pp; Poems 1p; Ad Lectorum 6pp; Books and Antiquities 13pp; Antoninus Itinerary 6pp; General Heads 3pp; text and maps (double column) pp ii-cclxvii with 3 maps and 9 coin plates; half title - the Counties of England and Wales; text and maps pp 1-696 (double column counting) with 33 maps. The map of Kent has 2 small repaired tears at the bottom of the folds and has turned-over edges; the map of Essex has a small 1 cm hole (which looks like a paper flaw) affecting one word; the maps of Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire have slight staining to corners; and there is a grubby mark in the margin of p299. Vol II: title page in red and black inks; text (double column) pp 697-1107 with 11 maps and one full page plate; half title - The Union of England and Scotland; text pp 1113-1138; half title Scotland; 2 maps and text to p 1292; half title Ireland; map and text to p1424; half title The Smaller Islands; text to p 1526 and map; half title Appendix; text 46 pp (unpaginated); half title The Insertion made by Dr Holland 33pp; blank; Index 91pp; Errata 1p; Finis. There is some spotting to p 1442; a small hole in an index page; and some staining in the index.
Multi-volume Set

  • Bookseller: E C Books GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 032088
  • Title: Britannia: or a Chorographical Description of Great Britain and Ireland, Together with the Adjacent Islands.
  • Author: William Camden, Edmund Gibson
  • Illustrator: Robert Morden, Andrew Johnstone
  • Format/binding: Full-Leather
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: N
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Mary Matthews, for Awnnsham Churchill
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1722
  • Keywords: camden; robert morden; edmund gibson; early mapping; andrew Johnstone
  • Bookseller catalogs: HISTORY; TRAVEL & TOPOGRAPHY;
  • Subjects: HISTORY / General;
  • Size: Elephant Folio - over 15 - 23" tall


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